How Do You Obtain a Substitute Teaching Certificate?


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The requirements to qualify and obtain certification or license as a substitute teacher vary from state to state. For example, the state of Illinois requires applicants for substitute teacher license to have at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, notes the Illinois State Board of Education. Other districts, on the other hand, may only require a high school diploma to qualify for a substitute teacher license.

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The main function of substitute teachers is to take over the instructional and classroom management duties in place of regular teachers for a day or so. They are expected to maintain and continue the established policies and procedures in the classroom, school and district, notes Study.com. The following shows the basic steps to become a substitute teacher.

  1. Satisfy the educational requirements
  2. While state requirements vary, most school districts require prospective substitute teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree in any academic discipline from an accredited college or university. The different educational requirements may also be dependent on whether the job position is temporary or if it were to serve as a training to prepare the substitute teacher for a regular teaching job.

  3. Get a license or certification
  4. Some school districts may require prospective substitute teachers to take additional training courses and pass exams, while other districts may not. Satisfy any additional requirements to obtain certification or license.

  5. Apply for a teaching position
  6. Apply for a substitute teaching position after acquiring a license or certification with the local school district.

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